Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Teens Empowered for Exercise and Nutrition (TEEN) Group

Are you working on getting to a healthier weight?

The Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, in collaboration with the Texas Child Study Center, has a group program for teens and their families.

How can I join TEEN group?

Requirements for group:

  • Be a teen, (age 13-18) with a parent or guardian who can attend meetings with you
  • All referrals for the group must come from either your ACES physician, if you are a patient of the ACES program, or your primary care provider (PCP)
  • Classified as needing to get to a healthier weight by your doctor or health care provider
  • Have the desire to learn more about how to make positive changes

What can I learn in this group?

The TEEN group focuses on two areas:

Cooking and Nutrition: learn to follow a recipe, plan a healthy menu, read labels and go shopping for healthy meals. Families get hands on practice by cooking their own dinner at each meeting.

Social-Emotional Skill Building: learn to improve health behaviors by managing emotions, improving relationships, improving self-image and engaging all family members in a healthier lifestyle.

The TEEN group is open to all interested and eligible teens in the Austin area, with a referral from your physician.